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Rakonto: A Sounding of Community Voices

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter (CLICK HERE for directions)
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students
(Book-ahead ticket pricing valid until 3:00 pm on May 17)
Tickets Purchased At Door: $30; $25 seniors; $7 students

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This event is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project, made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Daniel Kelly, piano

“...powerfully moving.”
--Steve Smith, Time Out New York

A recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, Daniel was awarded a grant by the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to compose a concert-length work titled Rakonto: A Sounding of Community Voices that incorporated recordings of the voices and stories of immigrants living in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. He has been commissioned by five communities throughout New York State, including the Greene County mountain top through the Catskill Mountain Foundation, to create new concert-length works in his Rakonto series for 2013-14 concert season. Daniel's vision involves capturing the sounds and voices of Greene County and its history. Lexington Historian Karen Deeter, Greene County Historian David Dorpfeld, and Prattsville Historian Carolyn Bennett are all aiding him in this project. Daniel has composed for chamber orchestra, string quartet, film and multi-media theater works that have toured internationally.

Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly is one of the most innovative and accomplished musicians of his generation. He has performed all over the world with artists such as Grammy-award winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, and modern classical giants The Bang on a Can All-Stars. He served as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador performing concerts throughout Southeast Asia and India for various heads of state. He has released five CDs of original compositions.

The musicians for this performance will include:
Gretchen Koehler - fiddle
Jean Rohe - voice
Joel Harrison - guitar
Matt Pavolka - bass
Rob Garcia - drums
Daniel Kelly - piano and compositions

CLICK HERE to view a YouTube video of Daniel's Rakonto series from Flushing, Queens.



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